Employment Law

Employment Law - May 2017

May has arrived and with it no sign of the public spotlight on zero-hours contracts dimming.  Amid the ongoing scrutiny of modern workplace practices, fast food giant McDonald’s has said that it will offer members of staff a...

Employment Law - April 2017

With April comes not only spring and all things egg-related, but some important changes to employment law rates.  Here is a reminder of the main ones: National Minimum Wage Workers aged 25 and over - £7.50  Aged 21 to 24 -...

Employment Law - March 2017

Welcome We begin this month’s bulletin with news that the Government has published a new list of 359 organisations that have failed to pay the National Minimum or National Living Wage.  Naming and shaming non-compliant employers is...

Employment Law - February 2017

  Another month, another case about employment status. This time it’s about a delivery cyclist at the courier company, CitySprint ( Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd ). A tribunal has decided that Ms Dewhurst was not a self-employed...

Employment Law - December 2016

   If you have been keeping a close eye on employment law developments, you’ll know that holiday pay has been up there with some of the most talked-about subjects in recent years. It has been flecked with uncertainty for some time, and there...

Employment Law-November 2016

We open November’s bulletin with news of a (small) development in Mr Lock’s long-running case against British Gas.  You may remember the case was about a salesman’s holiday pay; essentially, should it include the...

Employment Law-October 2016

The month of tricks and treats is upon us. If there’s one thing that is sure to give employers the heebie jeebies, it’s the thought of reputational damage caused by having got something badly wrong in employment law. This autumn there is due to...

Employment Law - September 2016

We write this month’s bulletin in a state of post-Olympic euphoria.  Those weeks of spellbinding achievements will live long in the memory. And as the athletes wind down, it’s time for employers and employees alike to feed off the...

Employment Law - August 2016

Like all employers, you'll have to dismiss employees from time to time.  It's not pleasant, and there are different ways to do it.  Some employers follow no process and risk an employment tribunal claim, whilst some go through lengthy...

Employment Law - July 2016

While EU membership has been dominating the headlines, the world of employment law has continued to turn. And as we all ponder the Brexit implications, here’s our roundup of some other developments.  Tim Lang Acas Code doesn’t apply to...

Employment Law - June 2016

The wait is almost over.   On June 10 th , Euro 2016 kicks off. Patriotism will be the name of the game as four weeks of high intensity football stand to dominate our screens and our conversations. Employers, be prepared.   Be prepared for national...

Employment Law - May 2016

Should we stay or should we go? As the EU referendum draws nearer, the arguments for and against remaining in the Union are intensifying. But there are still calls for clarity on what an exit would mean for us all – individually and collectively. The...

Employment Law - April 2016

As always, this time of year brings with it changes that employers need to know about. Here are some: National Living Wage The big one is the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) from 1 April 2016.  It entitles workers aged 25 and over to...

Employment Law - March 2016

Junior doctors have barely been out of the news over the last few months. With the Government intending to impose a new contract, the situation continues to bring home just how difficult these issues can be for those caught up in them.   Alongside the...

Employment Law - February 2016

February. The month of hearts, chocolates and helium balloons. Even if your offices aren’t filled to the brim with roses, Valentine’s Day should remind every employer that love can - and often does - blossom at work. There’s no getting...

Employment Law - January 2016

If you have embarked on a disciplinary or two after the festivities, you won’t be alone.  The perils of alcohol-fueled Christmas parties are well-documented, and their aftermath often leaves employees with more than just a red face and a...

Employment Law - December 2015

Welcome to a special issue of our employment law blog. It’s an overview of redundancy and of the steps employers must take to get the process, and their decisions, right. What is redundancy?   Redundancy is essentially where you: (a) close...

Employment Law - November 2015

Welcome Snowballs and open fires aside, winter isn’t all fun and games. Dark mornings and dark afternoons pose their own mood-detracting challenges for workers and employers alike. And that’s not all. Acas has a guide to dealing...

Employment Law - October 2015

Welcome The Rugby World Cup 2015. A meeting of minds, muscles and mauls.  But for all the enthusiasm it generates, the tournament is another workplace distraction for employers to manage. Time off to watch matches; calling in sick to nurse a...

Warnings and past offences

Sweeney (deceased) v Strathclyde Fire Board Employers often get confused about what they can and can't take into account during the disciplinary process. In the Sweeney case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) looked at a situation in which an...
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